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Press Articles

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Our press articles are also periodically published in the Boca Beacon and the Venice Gondolier
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MARTINI – A 2ND CHANCE AT LIFE

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on April 30, 2017

Suncoast Humane Society is featuring a story, on their website and Facebook page, of a wonderful pup named Martini. The 7 month old white and brown female mix (yes probably some pit bull mixture) was brought to their animal care center (shelter) as the victim of a very serious injury.

At first it was thought that this sweet dog had fallen from a porch, or had been kicked by a horse. It was later reported that she had been hit by a car while chasing a ball. Regardless of the cause, Martini was suffering from a badly shattered rear left leg.

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THIS OLE HOUSE

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on April 16, 2017

There is a song written in the 1950s called “This Ole House”. I heard it on the radio recently and thought, wow, Rosemary Clooney could very well be singing about Suncoast Humane Society’s animal shelter.

This ole house is getting shaky.
This ole house is getting old.
This ole house lets in the rain.
This ole house lets in the cold.

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Dr. Hitesman returns to Suncoast Humane Society

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on April 2, 2017

Dr. Randy Hitesman has rejoined Suncoast Humane Society as their Director of Medical Services/Veterinarian. He heads medical issues at the Society’s public Spay/Neuter and Preventive Health Care Clinic, as well as overseeing the wellness of animals admitted to the animal shelter.

Read more: Dr. Hitesman returns to Suncoast Humane Society

WHAT IS A HUMANIAC?

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on March 19, 2017

I have heard the term HUMANIAC used, if not thousands, at least hundreds of times during my career in the animal care, control, welfare and protection field. I am sure I have used it occasionally and I know I have been called it more than a few times.

The true meaning is somewhat unclear. I guess it is a combination of being humane and a maniac at the same time. Sort of ‘over the top’ with your views and your actions towards animals and often towards people. Maybe radical and/or extreme fits. One dictionary describes the term, wrongly I think, as “One who dedicates their time, effort and own personal resources to helping animals.” If that was the true definition, most animal lovers would qualify as a humaniac. That definition more clearly fits the meaning of a compassionate person, not a humaniac.

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WILDLIFE – ENJOY, PROTECT – DO NOT FEED

englewood sun logoBy Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society

Published in the Englewood Sun on March 5, 2017

Local media reports that a community north of here wants the alligators removed from the waterways. Certain towns and villages claiming there are too many coyotes roaming around and they want them done in. Bobcats are creating controversy in some areas. Armadillos are digging up yards (including mine), and have developed a “hate group” following. Wild Hogs are deemed a nuisance animal and now have a bounty on their heads and hides.

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